Wyoming Track & Field Battles Tough Competition At Husker Invite

Feb. 7, 2004

Laramie, Wyo.-- The University of Wyoming trackand field teams faced its toughest competition thus far in the 2004season Saturday at the Husker Invite in Lincoln, Neb. The HuskerInvite featured 13 athletes who won national titles in 2003 andprograms from the Big 12, Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Pac10, Mountain West and Western Athletic conferences.

Senior Kima Wells was the lone Wyoming athlete to notch a top threeplacing. Wells took second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.50.She qualified for the finals with a time of 7.47 in the semifinals ofthe race which is the second best time of her career.

Cowgirl thrower Andrea Batt finished with a top 10 performance in twoevents on Saturday. In the women's weight throw, Batt's distanceof 61' 5 3/4" placed her seventh in the field of 33 throwers. Shealso placed seventh out of 35 in the shot put with a mark of 51' 41/2".Several Cowgirls ran personal best times in the 3,000 meter race.Junior Jennifer Thompson placed 10th overall with a career best timeof 10:04.30. Three other Cowgirls also topped their career best;Natalie Kean (15th, 10:11.10), Emerald Reid (17th, 10:14.03) andMichelle Kvernmo (10:16.69).

Sophomore Blake Jackson proved to be the highest finisher for theCowboys. Jackson took fifth place in the men's triple jump recordinga distance of 48' 3 1/2", the third best jump of his career.

In the men's throws, two Cowboys finished in the top 10. JuniorKyle Herl's throw of 64' 8 3/4" was good enough for sixth place,while junior Zack Schaefer placed seventh with a distance of 64'7". Herl also placed 11th in the shot put with his final distance of56' 8 1/2".

Another Cowboy notable on Saturday was junior Jeremy Thompson whofinished with a new personal best time in the 800 meter run. Thompsonplaced tenth recording a time of 1:53.41.

"Our throwers had a pretty solid meet," said UW head track andfield coach Don Yentes. "They faced some tough competition today, asdid everybody else. Our distance athletes just keep getting better andbetter. We had four girls break personal records in the 3,000 meterstoday and Jeremy Thompson did as well in the 800 meters. Theirimprovement speaks volumes for how great of a job coach Randy Cole isdoing with our distance runners."

"I was very pleased with the progress some of our athletes aremaking. We just need to get everyone in stride at the same time. Wehave some challenges ahead, but I know our kids are ready for them."

Wyoming track and field will be back in action next weekend, Feb.13-14th, when they will compete at the Iowa State Invite in Ames,Iowa.